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Magnolia Meriwether's True Account of the History of Hendricks Park

The Meriwethers have lived in Eugene, OR for decades, and every generation has adored the local Hendricks Park. Magnolia is the next generation, and we get to listen as she tells her brother the fascinating story of how the park came to be, and the ways her ancestors got to experience it.

  • Abby Lewis
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  • Abby Lewis
  • Grace Espinosa
    Key Cast
    "Elaine Meriwether"
  • Beck Lawrence
    Key Cast
    "Great Grandfather"
  • Soren Lawrence
    Key Cast
  • Yasmin Elz
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Webb
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Documentary, Historical Fiction
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Abby Lewis

Abby Lewis is a student filmmaker at the University of Oregon. She has been creating short films for a decade, ranging in topics from magical fantasy to sci fi to this documentary/drama short.

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Director Statement

Inspired by the beauty of Oregon's natural lands, I decided to make this semi-documentary focused around one of my favorite nearby parks. I did a lot of in-depth research to find the story I wanted to tell, and created the Meriwether family as a way to tell that story compellingly. I really wanted to convey that success stories in nature conservation do exist and should be celebrated. I hope this short made you take a second to appreciate the effort that goes into keeping the natural parts of urban areas looking beautiful!